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Common agency, organizational design and the hold-up problem

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  • Carrasco, Vinicius
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    This paper shows that, in comparison to a single-regulator arrangement, when an agent reports to two regulators, he is confronted with more powerful ex-post incentives. This generates, from an ex-ante perspective, higher incentives for relationship-specific investment.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 108 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 264-268

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:108:y:2010:i:3:p:264-268

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    Keywords: Regulation Common agency Relationship-specific investments;

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